The first edition of the Extravagant India! International Indian Film Festival will be launched in Paris in association with the Indian Embassy in Paris and the Paris City Hall showcasing Indian cinema from October 16-22, 2013.
The festival will have competitive and non-competitive sections along with interactions with filmmakers and meetings with industry experts to boost co-productions between India and France.
There are three sections in competition: feature films, short films and documentary films.
Feature films in competition are Ship of Theseus by Anand Gandhi, Shabdo by Kaushik Ganguly (French Premiere), Ugly by Anurag Kashyap, Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra, Raajneeti by Prakash Jha (French Premiere) and Kahaani by Sujoy Ghosh (French Premiere).
Short films in competition are Skin Deep by Hardik Mehta, Tatpaschat – And Then by Anadi Athaley, Allah Is Great by Andrea Iannetta, For Hire by Varun Chavla and The Three Of Us by Umesh Kulkarni.
Faith Connection by Pal Nalin (European Premiere), Char, No Man’s Island by Sourav Sarangi (French Premiere), La Table Aux Chiens by Cédric Martinelli Et Julien Touati, Children Of The Pyre by Rajesh S. Jala (French Premiere), Celluloid Man by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and Love In India by Qaushiq Mukherjee are the documentaries in competition.
A Retrospective section will commemorate films by Rituparno Ghosh with Jeevan Smriti (2013 – French Premiere), Chitrangada (2012), Raincoat (2004) and Choker Bali (2003).
India’s first film on celluloid Raja Harishchandra (1913) by D G Phalke and Deewar (1975) by Yash Chopra will be screened under the Classics section.
Various interactive sessions with industry experts will be organised to encourage co-productions between India and France.